Delta Airlines staff told dont unionise, buy video games – BBC News

Delta Airlines staff told \don\t unionise, buy video games\ - BBC News
Delta Air Lines compares union dues to video games in offensive poster
Delta Airlines is facing significant criticism after posters discouraging its staff from joining a union were widely shared online.

“A new video game system with the latest hits sounds like fun. Put your money towards that instead of paying dues to the union,” it continued.

The firm, FTI Consulting, has produced astroturf campaigns for some of the worlds biggest polluters including Exxon, BP, and Halliburton.

Without confirming it produced the posters, a spokesperson for the airline said it had “shared many communications, which on the whole make clear that deciding whether or not to unionise should not be taken lightly.”

Delta says, “Our employees have the best total compensation in the industry … They want and deserve the facts and we respect our employees’ right to decide if a union is right for them.”

Delta To Nonunion Workers: You Can Pay For Video Games, Baseball Games Instead Of Union Dues

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), which claims to represent more than 110,000 airline employees in the United States, is attempting to organise union representation for 44,000 Delta employees.

That union is a member of the AFL-CIO, which tweeted and deleted a meme Thursday night showing a guillotine and referencing Delta’s CEO. A union representative said they realized it was in poor taste.

“Delta Airlines all-out assault on their employees legally-protected right to unionise with the Machinists Union is confirmation that our campaign to bring the benefits of IAM-representation is succeeding,” it said in a statement.

“The day when Delta ramp workers and flight attendants will finally be able to bargain for the compensation, benefits and work rules they deserve is coming quickly, and that has Delta terrified.”

“It is no coincidence that Delta re-launched a campaign against their own employees less than 24 hours after the IAM initiated the international component of our campaign. [Wednesday], with the assistance of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and Amsterdam-based union FNV Cabine, Delta flight attendants were met in Amsterdam where they were able to sign cards supporting an IAM election outside of Delta’s intimidating view.

Delta told workers to save up for football, beer and video games instead of joining a union. It didnt go well.

“I say to Delta: Stop trying to undercut workers right to form a union and negotiate for better wages,” he tweeted.

“Our employees have the best total compensation in the industry, including the most lucrative profit sharing program in the world. They want and deserve the facts and we respect our employees’ right to decide if a union is right for them. Delta has shared many communications, which on the whole make clear that deciding whether or not to unionize should not be taken lightly.”

Delta Union-Busting Video Games Poster

Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat congresswoman from Michigan, described the posters as “an ugly attempt at union busting”.

"Delta Air Lines’ all-out assault on their employees’ legally-protected right to unionize with the Machinists Union is confirmation that our campaign to bring the benefits of IAM-representation to more than 40,000 Delta ground workers and flight attendants is succeeding," the statement reads.

“Corporate greed wont win here and nothing will stop your workers from their right to collectively bargain,” she tweeted at the airline.

Big Labor group tweets guillotine joke after Delta Air Lines CEO opposes unionization efforts

A number of social media users claimed they would boycott the airline as a result of the airlines efforts to discourage unionisation.

Delta Airlines slammed for poster suggesting employees buy video games instead of paying union dues | TheHill

In a statement, a spokesperson said Delta employees “have the best total compensation in the industry”.

“We strive to keep our Twitter account actively engaging and real to advocate for working people,” she said. “We came across and shared this Internet meme. We realize it was in poor taste, that [it] doesn't reflect the values of the AFL-CIO and it has been taken down.”

“They want and deserve the facts and we respect our employees right to decide if a union is right for them.”

Some have jumped to criticize Delta’s campaign against unionization, with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, calling it “condescending bulls—“ and noted that a gaming console won’t provide “fair wages” or “health care benefits.”

The unionization campaign has been ongoing for a while–and the airline has responded in some bizarre ways. Last year, Splinter wrote about Delta’s questionable anti-union propaganda. That includes a website called “Don’t Risk It. Don’t Sign It.”–the “it” being a union card–and posters claiming that the unions are run by rich fat cats raking in dough from poor unionized employees.

The AFL-CIO, the largest labor organization in the U.S., came under fire Thursday after tweeting a parody version of a real Delta Air Lines print ad that suggested that workers could find other uses for the $700 a year they would spend on union dues.

The message is clear: Why join a union when you can just buy a video game console instead? While the people who helped craft that message may have thought they made something pithy and memorable, the result wasn’t quite that. Instead, Delta comes off more like a rich grandfather explaining to his grandchildren that they should be happy with the Applebee’s gift card he set aside for them in his will.

In its last earnings report, Delta exceeded revenue expectations–hitting $10.47 billion; its profits jumped 31% to $730 million. While business is booming, the airline is taking great pains to ensure that those making an average of $14.31/hour don’t seek out worker protections or the ability to get better and comprehensive compensation. Meanwhile, Delta’s CEO, Ed Bastian, received total compensation of over $13 million in 2017.

With this latest tone-deaf poster, Delta seems to be telling employees that they should use their hard-earned money to buy mindless entertainment that will help them forget they are being under-compensated and undervalued. For now, let’s hope Delta employees are able to get both a union and a new gaming system.

The direct relationship we have with our employees is at the very core of our strong culture and it has enabled continuous investments in Delta people. Our employees have the best total compensation in the industry, including the most lucrative profit sharing program in the world. They want and deserve the facts and we respect our employees’ right to decide if a union is right for them. Delta has shared many communications, which on the whole make clear that deciding whether or not to unionize should not be taken lightly.